Pat first began teaching Sunday School while in 7th grade at a little church in Verona, MO where she was born and raised. After graduating from high school, she attended Missouri University and majored in Vocational Home Economics. She later received training and certification for teaching elementary education in New Mexico. Throughout her career, Pat has taught all grades either as a substitute or a regular teacher. For more than 20 years, She has taught Adult Basic Education and Literacy in three communities for Crowder College and Ozark Technical College. She was awarded the Missouri Distinguished Adult Basic Education Service Award for distinguished leadership and dedication in all aspects of Adult Basic Education in the community, region, and state. This award was given to one GED teacher in the state. She has been included in “Who’s Who of American Women”, “Who’s Who of American Educators”, and “Who’s Who of American Business Women”. She was the Director of an Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity pre-school on the Navajo reservation for a period of time. For a short period of time Pat was Acting Children’s Director at First Baptist Church in Albuquerque, N.M. Pat currently writes a weekly column for local newspapers titled, “Train up a Child” and a monthly column for the Missouri Pathway newspaper also titled “Train up a Child”. She teaches the Senior Ladies Life Group at First Baptist Church in Kimberling City, MO.